Utah Company Leaves Allergen Off Ingredient List, Recalls Jerky

Feb 13, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that Salt Lake City-based Prime Snax Inc. is recalling about 90,000 pounds of beef jerky products which have shipped around the country.

The recall has been issued because the jerky was processed with soy lecithin, an allergen not declared on the label. Utah State University Meat Scientist Jerrad Legako said soy lecithin helps create the good jerky texture.

"So soy lecithin is basically kind of an extract from soy oil. Basically these are just natural lipids within the soybean and soy oil specifically that have specific properties as an emulsifier. It's going to basically be a way to produce a product with a specific texture in mind, with a specific flavor characteristic," Legako said.

The recall effects Arizona Jacks, Desert Star, Southwest Trail, Terrell, and Kettle Creek brands of jerky.

All products have “EST. 18951” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection, and expire by Aug. 11, 2015.

According to the USDA website, there have been no adverse reactions reported. If you believe you are having an allergic reaction, call your healthcare provider.

For a complete list of jerky affected by the recall visit the USDA website.